"Indoor Living" as written by and Joshua Allen Cain Justin Pierre Courtney....
Outside the sidelines failing,
Harder than the martyred stars of made-for-TV crime
Indoor living in cardboard confines
Counts for very little when safe is just a state of mind
I fell off the sidelines long ago,
I have no occupation, I'm just wasted for the weekend scene
So don't ask me out, don't make me try,
'cause I don't want to let you, I don't wanna

I can't complain if I don't know how
Its a sad sad song with no story line
I fall to sleep in my rented room
It's not much to talk about,
I've got so much to talk about
But I don't want to let you
I don't want to let you down

Last call for societal knockdowns
Measure my endeavors loosely based
On someone else's song
Melodrama and a bottle of wine
Yeah, here's to self expression
Here's to everyone that's dead
Bring back the days that fell behind
I'm all wasted conversations
In the corner of an empty room
So don't ask me out
Don't make me try
'cause I don't want to let you
I don't wanna

Outside the sidelines
Failing harder than the martyred
Stars of made-for-TV crimes
So don't ask me out
Don't make me try
'cause I'm just gonna let you
I'm just gonna let you down

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"Indoor Living" as written by Joshua Allen Cain Jesse Mack Johnson


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    General CommentI think this song is about his battle with depression, "indoor living" itself is when he cant face being with people, he feels safer when he is alone. "so don’t ask me out don’t make me try
    cause i don’t wanna let you down" he cant face going out and being with people because having depression is stopping him from being able to be himself and live his life as he would normally and feels that he will let people down who are close to him. He stays indoors because he wants to protects himself from othwers, and protect others from being let down by him.
    alk3oholicon November 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOkay I just saw these guys last night with the All American Rejects... they were so freakin crazy and amazing! Motion City Soundtrack is gonna be HUGE and they are astounding live... this song gives me goosebumps. the good kind.
    FireflySTDon April 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commentoutside the sidelines failing harder than the martyred stars of made for t.v. crime... priceless line.

    i think this song can be directed to a person that you might want to impress, just wanting to show that you made something of yourself... oh, i am seeing them two weeks from now on that same tour.
    DaPolitixon April 02, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think its basically about him just giving up, he doesnt want to let them down so he doesnt see a point in trying. idk something like that anyways...
    axlostxsoulon April 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know this probably isn't what the song is about but to me this song makes me think of being lonely.
    The Fighteron August 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwith this song i get the feeling he's very discontent with his life, like it's going nowhere and there's nothing good enough to talk about in it. like in many of the mcs songs, i think this song is about how he puts up a front to hide the unhappiness he has with his life - "it’s not much to talk about
    i’ve got so much to talk about"
    but the next lines - "but i don’t wanna let you
    i don’t wanna let you down" - i think means he's worried that one day people will see through his happy front and they'll be disappointed with what he actually is, so he doesnt want to let any one get too close.
    i'm very likely to be wrong but i stil think this is a very deep song, i love it!
    xcrimsonfairyxon September 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Indoor Living" is the name of a CD by Superchunk that Justin likes (as he said in an interview: 0.brinkster.com/boogienoodle/Band/…)
    Tileson December 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. Its seems like he is just gonna give in and not try....so don’t ask me out don’t make me try
    cause i’m just gonna let you i’m just gonna let you down . im not really sure.
    one of my favorite MCS songs though
    me!atthediscoon January 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwow
    i like all ur explanations...
    it kinda reminds me of how i am around people

    i’m all wasted conversations in the corner of an empty room

    it kinda seems like hes unhappy with how things are but doesnt know how to change them

    indoor living in cardboard confines
    JENN11729on February 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlast call for societal knockdowns
    i thought that was meltdowns...

    i think the song is about wasting his life...like not having a job and drinking away his weekends and he knows hes letting people down but trying not to care

    pretty much what everyone else said
    hey heyon March 27, 2006   Link

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